Perhaps you, yourself, are advancing in years and thinking about how much more challenging it is to keep yourself in good shape…as you were in previous years. Many of us are wondering about that!
Or perhaps you are part of the “sandwich generation” – which means you have your own kids, your own life, and you help also in taking care of your parents, etc. (i.e., you’re the middle of the “sandwich” because you’re in the middle of three generations). Yikes!
In any case, life can become more challenging as time marches on so it’s important to get into good habits to minimize the damage that can happen to both our mental and physical health over time.
It’s not necessarily that you don’t know what to do, it’s just that it’s hard to find the time, opportunity, and motivation to do it all. Getting older is not something we really can choose to do – or not do. It’s inevitable. So, while this is not directly under your control, you can slow down the aging process and make it more enjoyable by making smarter choices now.
Here are some tips to help you remember to find that time, because if you break down along the way, you’re not as useful to yourself, your kids, or your parents!
*Make some small changes in what you eat and how you eat it. These small changes in eating habits can help lower the risk for many health conditions, like metabolic syndrome! By eating fresh produce, nuts, and seeds (if you have no conditions that prevent it), clean meats and other proteins, and healthy fats like olive oil or pure butter, you may find yourself just losing a little bit of weight. Just even changing the food you eat and losing maybe 5% of your body weight can help lower your risk for diabetes, heart problems, and how your liver functions.
*Avoid overly processed foods like processed meat (hot dogs, sausages), things made with processed flour (breads, pastas) unless they’re made in a healthy fashion with healthier ingredients. Avoid sugar like the plague! Well, a tiny, little bit goes a long way because it is very addictive. Sugar and refined flour products are both physiologically addictive, so beware!
*Take a few well-placed supplements that will augment what you eat which is healthy. It’s best to work with a competent, holistic, health care practitioner to ensure that you are getting what you and your body needs.
*Make sure you get enough exercise to lower your risk of diseases like heart disease and cancer. It also helps you be able to move about more freely much longer. Exercise can help improve your sleep, skin, and bone health, and also helps lower your overall stress. Exercise can also be a natural mood-lifter. I always recommend moving your body in a way that gives you pleasure. For me the most pleasurable way of moving my body is through dance. If you like what you’re doing, you’re more likely to continue to do it.
*Let’s not forget to spend time with good friends and other loved ones. Relationships have a very positive impact on your mental health, and this in turn helps your physical health. Pets have a wonderful way through their unconditional love to help us out in our mental and physical health, too.
*There’s definitely something to be said for loving and embracing the station in life you currently occupy. So, remember all you have to offer even if you are advancing in age – you have more hindsight and insight and experience that will help you and help you enrich others’ lives. Many of us are caught up in trying to appear younger than we are, but how we look, especially if we are taking good care of ourselves, as we age shows others our wisdom, love, and depth of character.
*If you drink too much alcohol or smoke cigarettes or even marijuana, stopping these habits can add much to your lifespan plus your quality of life.
*Also, how are you sleeping?! Improving the quality and sometimes quantity of sleep can have an energizing impact on us – it helps lower your risk of heart disease, strokes, it also helps reduce stress and depression, etc. Believe it or not, it can lower your risk for obesity.
*Don’t forget to include mindfulness practices in your daily routines. These can help improve your focus, have better memory function, lower stress, and improve the quality of your relationships. Some people do meditation, yoga, or anything else that helps them live in the present moment.
*Stay hydrated! Hydration improves your brain function, your overall energy, it helps your skin look better, and yes – it even reduces the signs of aging!
I could go on and on, but I think you get the picture!
And, as always, please have a happy and holistically healthy day!
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